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Trade Analysis: B-Meg-Ginebra-Barako Bull Trade

Friday, January 27, 2012

In a blockbuster trade proposal that has been in the news for the past days, the PBA Commissioner Chito Salud OK'd the trade that sends former B-Meg Llamado Kerby Raymundo and former Barako Bull Energy Dylan Ababou to the Ginebra Gin Kings for former Gin Kings JC Intal (B-Meg), Reil Cervantes, and Ronald Tubid (Barako Bull). Ginebra and Barako Bull also switched 2nd round picks. So what's the implication of the trade:

Barako Bull-First, the non-San Miguel team. The Energy, the flagship team of the Lina Group, lost another key rookie in former Smart Gilas star Ababou (the Energy already lost Dylan's fellow ex-UST Tiger Allein Maliksi to Ginebra in another trade last November). Barako, however, got the ever energetic Tubid to provide superstar Willie Miller (both Tubid and Miller played together with Ginebra two seasons ago) back-up in the backcourt, especially that Jimbo Aquino, the end-product of the Maliksi trade, turned out to be a bust. The Energy also acquired the seldom-used Cervantes, and the former FEU Tamaraw might have found his home as Barako Bull needs more stability inside.

B-Meg-The Llamados lost their franchise star Kerby Raymundo to Ginebra in the trade, but that might be just what Tim Cone needs to de-congest the power forward rotation. With Cone now only needing to focus on Marc Pingris and Joe DeVance, the Llamados can now operate on Coach Tim's triangle offense more effectively. Add to that the arrival of the high-flying Intal from the Barangay. Many are saying that the "landing of the Rocket to the Planet" would give superstar James Yap a new back-up.

Ginebra-Speaking of the Barangay, they may have hit the jackpot in acquiring Raymundo and Ababou, but in turn lost Intal and Tubid, two of their energy stars. The question is "Could Kerby and Dylan be the right fit to address Ginebra's frontline problems?" Going back to the Maliksi trade, which, curiously, also involved B-Meg, the Gin Kings also acquired Rico Maierhofer (in turn giving up Jimbo Aquino and Paul Artadi), but Maierhofer was used seldom during his stint with Ginebra, whose Philippine Cup campaign ended when they lost to Rain Or Shine in the quarterfinals. Obviously disappointed, Maierhofer is reportedly asking for a trade-back. In fact, it was only Artadi, who ended up at BB with Aquino, who shone brightest after that trade (mainly because Willie Miller is a combo guard).

Biggest Winner: B-Meg (Even if with a franchise superstar gone, the Llamados added firepower to their already super hot roster with Intal)
Biggest Loser: None (Many say Barako Bull lost big-time in the Allein Maliksi-Rico Maierhofer trade, but Ginebra also didn't capitalize on the trade. We can answer who among Ginebra and BB got the better of the trade come the Commissioner's Cup)

Ivan SaldajenoAbout Me
I am a BS Mathematics student at UPLB. I play basketball, some ultimate, a little DOTA, but I worship God a lot! Do follow my other blog: The Lord is My Coach


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